In a pay-per-view card without a single finish, there was still plenty of room for fighters to rack up fantasy points. Richard Mann returns to break down the striking and grappling numbers from the night's highest scorers.
Fantasy AnalysisBrown was unable to fight Carlos Condit back in April due to a torn ACL and recently discovered yet another injury, this time an ankle issue that has given him problems over the last three years. While Brown's surgery hasn't been scheduled yet, he's expected to be on crutches for eight weeks once it's completed, though the ankle should heal much quicker than the torn ACL. While Brown is still without any sort of timetable for his return, he likely has at least another six months on the sidelines considering ACL's usually take somewhere from 8-to-12 months to heal.
Fantasy AnalysisOttow has secured victories in two of his last three fights, most recently notching a TKO win over Mike Pyle in March. Despite the knockout the last time out, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt owns 10 submissions across 16 career wins, so he's extremely comfortable on the ground and could look to take advantage of that against Northcutt. Ottow has the experience advantage over the 22-year-old Northcutt as well, especially at the welterweight level. Northcutt's only two fights at this weight have resulted in losses, which is notable considering his career record of 10-2.
Fantasy AnalysisNorthcutt owns a career record of 10-2 and has secured back-to-back unanimous decision wins over Michel Quinones and Thibault Gouti. However, Northcutt will be moving up to the welterweight division for this fight, which is significant considering his only two career losses have come under those circumstances. Northcutt's opponent, Zak Ottow, is nearly 10 years his elder at 31 years old and owns a career record of 16-5, with 10 of those victories coming by submission.
Fantasy AnalysisWhite took this fight on just 12 days' notice, as he didn't want to turn down what could be his only opportunity with the UFC. According to White, this isn't the first time he's suffered through a cut like this, as he needed to lose nearly 40 pounds for a Cage Warriors bout with John Redmond back in April 2014. Reflecting on how he pushed his body to the limits, "The Thundercat" now says that the only way he'd do something like this again would be if a belt were on the line. Since that's unlikely to happen any time soon, White will instead focus on decreasing his walking around weight so that any future cuts are not quite as brutal.
Fantasy AnalysisThompson said that Till's targeted side kicks to the knee were instrumental to the latter winning the fight, with "Wonderboy" noting that the blows slowed him down during the second round. Fortunately for Thompson, who previously tore the ACL in the same knee, he suffered no other damage after undergoing a post-fight MRI and won't need surgery to address the MCL tear. He'll take the next two months to recover before resuming training and preparing for his next fight.
Fantasy AnalysisDe la Rosa fell short in his UFC debut against Tim Elliot, where he was submitted via an Anaconda Choke in the second round. This was a unique outcome considering that grappling had been considered a strength, with five of his nine victories coming by way of submission. He'll now look to bounce back against Garcia, a 25-year-old prospect that also enters the UFC with an undefeated record.
Fighters Who May Be Returning Soon